Sir Dave Brailsford says his relationship with Chris Froome is “as good as ever” despite his departure from Team Ineos’ Tour de France squad.
The rescheduled Tour begins Saturday in Nice and ends on September 20.
“We have given Chris a little more time to continue his recovery,” team manager Brailsford told BBC Breakfast.
Froome, who is leave Ineos at the end of the current season, will instead lead the team to Vuelta a Espana in October.
“We looked at everything we can do to support his training program and our relationship is still going strong,” added Brailsford.
“We have a professional relationship and a personal relationship, and on both fronts everything is going well.
“Chris had a horrible accident last year and he’s been very successful in coming back and being able to compete at the highest level of professional cycling. “
Alongside Froome, the Welshman and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas is also absent, along with the team, which will be known as Ineos Grenadiers for the race.
Brailsford said: “Geraint has already won the Tour de France but we want the Tour of Italy under his belt to join his yellow jersey, so we have reallocated our resources and we feel that all the great races are covered. this year. “
He added that the team was “all in” for last year’s winner Egan Bernal, while they also have 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz in their eight-rider squad.
He also reiterated his position on the desire to develop British riders like Froome and Thomas, 34, near the ‘twilight’ of their careers.
Briton Adam Yates, 28, will join Mitchelton-Scott’s Ineos for a two-year contract next season, and Brailsford says his team “are really going to invest in the next generation”.
“We have a cohort of British riders that we have been working with for 10 years and they have developed to the highest level and given us great success,” said Brailsford.
“It’s time to get back to British cycling and identify some of the great young talent scattered across various academy teams and programs.
“We hired Adam Yates from another team, who has already finished fourth in the Tour de France. “